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2018 World Cup qualifying draw

27 July 2015, 12:39

Nairobi - Following are the qualifying draw conducted in St Petersburg, Russia on Saturday evening for the 2018 World Cup, to be played in Russia from June 14-July 15:

EUROPE (13 nations qualify, Russia also qualifies as host)

Sept. 4, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

Group winners qualify

Top eight second-place teams advance to playoffs

Group A: Belarus, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden

Group B: Andorra, Faeroe Islands, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland

Group C: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino

Group D: Austria, Georgia, Ireland, Moldova, Serbia, Wales

Group E: Armenia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Romania

Group F: England, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia

Group G: Albania, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Spain

Group H: Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece

Group I: Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine


Nov. 9-14, 2017

Winners qualify

SOUTH AMERICA (4 or 5 nations qualify)

Sept. 4, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

One group of 10 nations, double round robin

Top four teams qualify, fifth-place team advances to playoff vs. Oceania

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela


Third round

Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2015

Winners advance

Antigua and Barbuda vs Guatemala

Canada vs Belize

Curacao vs El Salvador

Grenada vs Haiti

Jamaica vs Nicaragua

St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs Aruba

Fourth round

Nov. 7, 2015, to Sept. 6, 2016

Double round robin

Top two teams in each group advance

Group A: Canada-Belize winner, Curacao-El Salvador winner, Honduras, Mexico

Group B: Costa Rica, Grenada-Haiti winner, Jamaica-Nicaragua winner, Panama

Group C: Antigua and Barbuda-Guatemala winner, St. Vincent and the Grenadines-Aruba winner, Trinidad and Tobago, United States

Fifth round (Hexagonal)

Nov. 7, 2016, to Oct. 10, 2017

Double round robin

Top three teams qualify, fourth-place team advances to playoff vs Asia

ASIA (4 or 5 nations qualify)

Second round

June 11, 2015, to March 29, 2016

Double round robin (drawn April 14)

Group winners and top four second-place teams advance

Group A: East Timor, Malaysia, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Group B: Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Group C: Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, China, Maldives, Qatar

Group D: Guam, India, Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan

Group E: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan, Singapore, Syria

Group F: Iraq, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam (Indonesia disqualified)

Group G: Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, South Korea

Group H: Bahrain, DPR Korea, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Third round

Aug. 29, 2016, to Sept. 5, 2017

Two groups of six

Double round robin

Top two teams in each group qualify, third-place teams advance to playoff

Fourth round

Oct. 2-10, 2017

Winner advances to playoff vs CONCACAF

AFRICA (5 nations qualify)

First round

Oct. 5-13, 2015

Winners advance

Central African Republic vs Madagascar

Chad vs Sierra Leone

Comoros vs Lesotho

Djibouti vs Swaziland

Eritrea vs Botswana

Gambia vs Namibia

Liberia vs Guinea-Bissau

Mauritius vs Kenya

Sao Tome e Principe vs Ethiopia

Seychelles vs Burundi

Somalia vs Niger

South Sudan vs Mauritania

Tanzania vs Malawi

Second round

Nov. 9-17, 2015

Winners advance

Angola vs South Africa

Benin vs Burkina Faso

Central African Republic-Madagascar winner vs Senegal

Chad-Sierra Leone winner vs Egypt

Comoros-Lesotho winner vs Ghana

Djibouti-Swaziland winner vs Nigeria

Eritrea-Botswana winner vs Mali

Gambia-Namibia winner vs Guinea

Liberia-Guinea-Bissau winner vs Cote d'Ivoire

Libya vs Rwanda

Mauritius-Kenya winner vs Cape Verde Islands

Morocco vs Equatorial Guinea

Mozambique vs Gabon

Sao Tome e Principe-Ethiopia winner vs Republic of Congo

Seychelles-Burundi winner vs Congo

Somalia-Niger winner vs Cameroon

South Sudan-Mauritania winner vs Tunisia

Sudan vs Zambia

Tanzania-Malawi winner vs Algeria

Togo vs Uganda

Third round

Oct. 3, 2016, to Nov. 14, 2017

Five groups of four, double round robin

Group winners qualify

Oceania (0 or 1 nation qualifies)

First round

Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2015

Round robin, group winner advances

American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga

Second round

May 28 to June 12, 2015

Two groups of four, top three teams in each group advance

Group A: New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Round One winner

Group B: Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Third round

March 20 to Oct. 10, 2017

Two groups of three, group winners meet home and away, series winner advances to playoff vs South America.

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